Poached Pears
My second favorite fall fruit … pears! I love using fruits (and veggies) that are in season. And you know that I like easy-peasy! This dessert is simple, elegant and satisfying. The alcohol in the wine evaporates off in the cooking process. I think of this as a marriage of sangria…or perhaps mulled wine and pears. YUM!
  1. In a saucepan just large enough to hold the pears, off the heat, combine the wine, the juice from the lemon and orange, the orange slices, vanilla, cinnamon stick, and cloves.
  2. Add the pears and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, turning the pears occasionally until they’re easily pierced with the tip of a knife, about 25 minutes.
  4. Using a slotted spoon, remove the pears and let them cool.
  5. Remove and discard the spices. Reserve the orange slices for garnish.
  6. Return the liquid to a simmer and cook until reduced and syrupy, about 20 minutes, depending on the size of the pan. Note: The sauce will be tart. You may want to add a touch of Stevia or honey to it.
  7. Transfer the pears to individual plates. Shown is a side plate from Livliga.
  8. Spoon the sauce over the pears. Garnish with a dollop of Whipped Cream.